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Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times”.  Matthew 18:21-22 Comment It’s Marriage Week and our partner Time for Marriage has been given the theme of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness is something that...

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!  Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!  Psalm 66:1-3 (NIV) Comment It seems that spring has finally sprung after what seemed like a very long winter. At last! There are trees in blossom and bud everywhere. The birds are singing and bumble...

‘He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and...

… but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.  Mark 4.19 If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from unrighteousness. 1 John 1.9 Comment Any athlete will tell you that you...

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51 Comment Mary treasured the events of Jesus childhood in her heart, particularly this episode at the temple courts where the young boy was engaging with the learned teachers in a way that ‘amazed’ the people...

Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (CEV) Comment As a couple we are very different. There are many things my husband is not! DIY is not his strong suit and whereas I adore anything to do with the sea, he feels unwell just driving across the Thames on Waterloo Bridge. And I...

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16.24 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4.29 Comment Words of affirmation are one of the ‘5 love languages’....

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and prayers shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 MSG Comment In...

‘If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.’ Comment On the day after Valentine’s Day it seems appropriate to consider physical intimacy and in particular –...

How many ways to say ‘I love you’? Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16.24 Comment In last week’s ePrayer we talked about different ways of expressing our love.  This week we thought we’d look at speaking out our love. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s love poem is one of the most...